The Mathematician’s Garden

By Becky Winn

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When you step into Peter Schaar’s exquisite garden oasis, you can almost feel the humid, tropical air on your skin. His love for the tropical and subtropical gardens of Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Southern California; Mexico; and Brazil is reflected in the gardens he designs. Overflowing with plants virtually unknown to Dallas landscapes, Schaar’s backyard is a testament to the limited accuracy of the hardiness charts used by gardening catalogs, nurseries, and growers.

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